Official of the Year

The René Marleau Official of the Year Award is presented to an official who has demonstrated meaningful, long-term involvement at the club, regional, provincial or national level. 

Selection Criteria

Nominees for the René Marleau Award will have displayed sustained leadership within the officiating environment, as evidenced by the following achievements:

  • Presents a positive public image of the role officiating plays in the sport of speed skating
  • Supports and mentors other officials to ensure the continued development of the officiating system
  • Contributes to innovation or development of the officiating role by presenting courses or clinics, writing publications, sitting on committees, etc.
  • Recruits participants or volunteers to the sport of speed skating
  • Remained active within the officiating community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and assisted other officials in the maintenance or development of their skills despite a lack of competition opportunities


Past Recipients

2020E.W. (Wim) KokFort St. John, B.C
2019Rick HuntKingston, ON
2018Jacques GrégoireMontréal, QC
2017Carmen CameronQuébec, QC
2016Mario HardyDaveluyville, QC
2015Michel DumontTrois-Rivières, QC
2014Michel VerraultQuebec City, QC
2013Stuart GibbsBritish Columbia
2012Jacques GrégoireMontreal
2011Bob IrelandManitoba
2010Guy MarcouxQuebec
2009Terri DixonNova Scotia
2008Roch LoignonSherbrooke, Que.
2007Hans TerstappenCalgary
2006Ritha JohnsonFort St. John, B.C.
2005Jean LemieuxCharlesbourg, Que.
2004Ellie HildebrandtCalgary
2003Gary RobertsAbbotsford, B.C.
2002Jim McClementsSaskatoon
1999Guy MarcouxLoretteville, Que.
1998Michel VerraultLac Beauport, Que.
1997Jean Rock LoignonSherbrooke, Que.
1996Vern PhoenixRegina
1995Linda GoughFredericton, N.B.
1994Eugene HearnSaskatoon
1993Bob PlanertKitchener, Ont.
1992Guy MarcouxLoretteville, Que.